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How Many Of You Go Airplane Spotting?  
User currently offlineHkgspotter1 From Hong Kong, joined Nov 2005, 0 posts, RR: 0
Posted (11 years 10 months 1 day 15 hours ago) and read 14158 times:

Those of you that think this is a stupid hobby can ignore this message, I on the other hand think going spotting is one of the best ways to show your love of aviation, not to mention dedication.

If you are a fellow spotter have you :

1) Been spotting in the rain ?
2) Been spotting at night to see something special ?
3) Travelled overseas for spotting ?
4) Taken a flight for the aircraft, no other reason ?

Well I've done all of the above and more. How about you ?. Are you a true aircraft nutter !!

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User currently offline9V-SVA From Singapore, joined Aug 2001, 1860 posts, RR: 8
Reply 1, posted (11 years 10 months 1 day 9 hours ago) and read 13997 times:

Daryl, I've done 1, 2 and 3. Always wanted to do 4 but couldn't. If Tsentsan is going up to HK in December I might just follow.


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User currently offline747 4-ever From Sweden, joined Feb 2001, 604 posts, RR: 19
Reply 2, posted (11 years 10 months 1 day 8 hours ago) and read 14005 times:

1) Yes, even in a thunder storm
2) Not yet..
3) No
4) Yes, when I went to AMS, I flew ARN-CPH-AMS, instead of ARN-AMS (just to see CPH and fly SAS A321  Smile)

User currently offlineMr.BA From Singapore, joined Sep 2000, 3423 posts, RR: 22
Reply 3, posted (11 years 10 months 1 day 8 hours ago) and read 13999 times:

1) Yes, of course!

2) Yes I do make an effort to go to the airport to take a look at specials provided I don't have more important things at hand!

3) I met you in HK last year, didn't I?  Smile/happy/getting dizzy Disappointed the Virgin B744 wasn't in the new colours.. and I think we saw a KE B747F left Macau for HK when we were under the approach path of 7L?  Smile

4) Well what I most look forward to when going on a vacation is the flight!

Boeing747 万岁!
User currently offlineEGFF From UK - Wales, joined Sep 2001, 2201 posts, RR: 12
Reply 4, posted (11 years 10 months 1 day 8 hours ago) and read 14000 times:

Nice topic Daryl, i've done all the above ....

1.) On a few visits to Cardiff it's been raining but it hasn't stopped me  Smile
2.) Yup, my dad used to take me down to catch the late Spain arrivals
3.) Myself and Jason Nicholls went off to Malaga just for abit of spotting for 2 days  Big thumbs up
4.) Yup, the flight down to Malaga .... the part i enjoyed the most was the flight  Smile


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User currently offlineHkgspotter1 From Hong Kong, joined Nov 2005, 0 posts, RR: 0
Reply 5, posted (11 years 10 months 1 day 7 hours ago) and read 13992 times:

Thanks guy's.

Mr. BA, when you get back to Hong Kong we will go spotting again.

I flew from Haneda to Oshima and back just to get on a YS-11, amazing flight and I'll never forget it.

Two years ago I spent 7 hours in Salt Lake City just to get a DL 722 to Phoenix, could have left 4 hours earlier on a 752  Nuts

User currently offlineSabena 690 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 6, posted (11 years 10 months 1 day 7 hours ago) and read 13987 times:

1) Yes Big grin
2) Yes Big grin
3) Yes Big grin
4) Yes Big grin

Frederic Big grin

User currently offlineDanny From Poland, joined Apr 2002, 3508 posts, RR: 2
Reply 7, posted (11 years 10 months 1 day 7 hours ago) and read 13988 times:

1) Yes Big grin
2) Yes Big grin
3) Not yet :-(
4) Yes Big grin

User currently offlineN949WP From Hong Kong, joined Feb 2000, 1437 posts, RR: 1
Reply 8, posted (11 years 10 months 1 day 7 hours ago) and read 13992 times:

1) Yes….but mostly during Kai Tak days. Bad weather means more "action", you know!!
2) Yes….but again, mostly during the old days, when it was so easy to get to Kai Tak, even on weekdays after I left the office.
3) At least once every year. Even if it was a business trip, I'd always end up doing some spotting-related activities.
4) Once so far. Flew a Swissair MD11 going HKG-MNL-HKG early this year just for the heck of it. OK, ok, the end-to-end jumpseat ride is the major attraction, I'd admit.  Big thumbs up


User currently offlineSushka From United States of America, joined Nov 1999, 4784 posts, RR: 14
Reply 9, posted (11 years 10 months 1 day 4 hours ago) and read 13969 times:

1. yes
2. no
3. well... kind of  Smile
4. no

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User currently offlineTangram From United Kingdom, joined Oct 2001, 14 posts, RR: 0
Reply 10, posted (11 years 10 months 1 day 3 hours ago) and read 13972 times:

1: Not often as it is difficult keeping the rain off the camera lens
2: Not yet
3: Of course - such a shame Kai-Tak is closed now
4: I remember back in 1976 taking the shuttle from Heathrow to Edinburgh & back just to fly a Trident. I managed a 1C up & a 3B back. The 3B was definitely a spritely aircraft with its four engines at full throttle.

User currently offlineUSAFHummer From United States of America, joined May 2000, 10685 posts, RR: 53
Reply 11, posted (11 years 10 months 1 day 1 hour ago) and read 13961 times:

Ive done #4, when I flew a USAirways A330-300 PHL-PIT in Envoy Class and an Airtran 717-200 on the return 2 hours later for the insanely cheap fare of $84 total...amazing experience, one that I sorely would like to repeat, especially with the A330...that $84 I spent was probably the best $84 Ive ever spent...

Ive done #3 incidentally when traveling overseas, like at SYD when I had to connect between terminals the bus ride went straight across the ramp past a ton of widebodies, most of which were new to me...When I go to England I hope to get to either EMA or MAN to spot since they are the two closest airports to where I'll be...


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User currently offlineDonder10 From Canada, joined Oct 2001, 6659 posts, RR: 22
Reply 12, posted (11 years 10 months 18 hours ago) and read 13936 times:

Done all of them
1 and 2 at LHR
3-Been to CDG,GVA,ZRH,HHN,CRL,BRU,PIK,GLA this year with SNN,DUB to come!
4)yes to HHN on FR!Flight was free

User currently offlineChiawei From United States of America, joined Nov 2000, 942 posts, RR: 1
Reply 13, posted (11 years 10 months 17 hours ago) and read 13954 times:

Yes too all 4.

I always take a one day trip to HKG just to visit the airport and spotting. I usually spend my winter vacation in taiwan. So I usually stop at HKG for one day 1st. Typically I would take EVA Air from SFO to TPE, arrive 5:00 in the morning, connect the 1st TPE-HKG flight at 8:00AM. Spent entire day at HKG, and take the last EVA flight of the day back to TPE.

User currently offlineHkgspotter1 From Hong Kong, joined Nov 2005, 0 posts, RR: 0
Reply 14, posted (11 years 10 months 15 hours ago) and read 13919 times:

I flew to Manila once just to get on a PR DC-10 !!, came back the next day.

Took DL to the USA over CX so I could get my first MD-11, 752 & 722 !!

User currently offlineH. Simpson From United States of America, joined Mar 2001, 949 posts, RR: 3
Reply 15, posted (11 years 10 months 13 hours ago) and read 13922 times:

1.) Yes, in light rain though Big grin
2.) YES! 10pm @ Kai Tak to see landings  Big thumbs up
3.) No, I do kind of do a mini-spotting while wating for connecting flights
4.) No, no money, simple. But I'll try one day

User currently offlineAirbus Lover From Malaysia, joined Apr 2000, 3248 posts, RR: 9
Reply 16, posted (11 years 10 months 12 hours ago) and read 13920 times:

1) YES!! it always rains but still  Big thumbs up
2) Not yet...  Sad
3) YES!!  Nuts
4) OF COURSE  Wink/being sarcastic

User currently offlineSpark From United States of America, joined Mar 2002, 431 posts, RR: 0
Reply 17, posted (11 years 10 months 12 hours ago) and read 13921 times:

1. Yes, and that's saying something (I'm from California, and we are afraid of the rain).
2. Often, but that's just because I stay there longer than planned.
3. Not specifically for spotting, but that's a selling point. (Especially for changing planes).
4. No, but if I have a choice of fliying on a new plane, airline, or to airport I take it.

User currently offlineSabena332 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 18, posted (11 years 10 months 5 hours ago) and read 13905 times:

1) Yes
2) Yes
3) Yes
4) Yes


User currently offlineZK-NBT From New Zealand, joined Oct 2000, 5297 posts, RR: 11
Reply 19, posted (11 years 10 months 5 hours ago) and read 13918 times:

1) Yes
2) Sometimes
3) No
4) No

I love plane spotting though!! Just been to the airport tonight though didn't have my camera though.

User currently offlineCPH-R From Denmark, joined May 2001, 5980 posts, RR: 3
Reply 20, posted (11 years 10 months 3 hours ago) and read 13903 times:

1) Yes, it's Scandinavia, it's always ranining  Big thumbs up
2) Only if I have to pick someone up, who's coming home from a charter (the last of those usually land at around 1-3 AM)
3) Not yet, might do some spotting while I'm in New York, but I'm a (poor) student, withut the money needed for that.
4) I plan to do some European flights with SAS, to get on the new A330 before they start using them on the flightsd across the pond.

User currently offlineCrank From Canada, joined May 2001, 1559 posts, RR: 2
Reply 21, posted (11 years 9 months 4 weeks 1 day 16 hours ago) and read 13883 times:

Yup, I try to go spotting at least once a week.

1) No
2) Kind of, I usually stay at night for spotting
3) Not yet
4) Nope

User currently offlineAstrojet From Germany, joined Aug 2000, 565 posts, RR: 2
Reply 22, posted (11 years 9 months 4 weeks 1 day 6 hours ago) and read 13848 times:

1) not yet
2) yes
3) not yet
4) yes

User currently offlineBR715-A1-30 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 23, posted (11 years 9 months 4 weeks 1 day 2 hours ago) and read 13830 times:

1) Yes
2) Yes
3) No
4) Yes (Many Times)

User currently offlineBA777 From United Kingdom, joined Jun 2001, 2173 posts, RR: 7
Reply 24, posted (11 years 9 months 4 weeks 23 hours ago) and read 13829 times:

1) Been spotting in the rain ? - Nope :P
2) Been spotting at night to see something special ? - Nope
3) Travelled overseas for spotting ? - To finland in July, went to RVN and inside the Finnair Maint Base at HEL, spotted there too
4) Taken a flight for the aircraft, no other reason ? Not really, by accident (i was 10 at the time and wasnt interested in planes) went to LHR-JFK-LHR on G-BMGS and G-AWNF *BA 747-136) and i remember standing at the gate saying "why cant we go on that one (Chelsea Rose 742)

BA777  Big thumbs up

25 Post contains images SafetyDude : 1) Been spotting in the rain ?-Yes, but it was a light drizzle 2) Been spotting at night to see something special ?-No, my current camera is not good
26 Post contains images H.Wauer : 1) OF COURSE. The wetter isn´t important 2) Yes but sometimes it´s diffcult because of school next morning. 3) No I´m 16 and don´t have the money.
27 AA 777 : 1. YES 2. YES 3.Sorta 4. I am in december when AA launches LGA-RSW
28 767ALLTHEWAY : 1 and 2 and i plan on doin 3 and 4 when i get older!!! I love spotting around dusk or dawn..because u get the beauty of the aircraft with the extra sp
29 Post contains links and images Hkgspotter1 : Thanks to Mr. Pritchard for this one: View Large View MediumPhoto © Ben Pritchard I love my hobby
30 NormalSpeed : Do I go airplane spotting? Yes, every time I go flying. It's called the "see and avoid." I like to see how many airplanes I can spot, and then avoid t
31 Post contains images Tsentsan : Hello! 1) Been spotting in the rain ? -> Sure! Whenever I go and spot, it rains.... what can I say other than I'm always wet??? 2) Been spotting at ni
32 Aviasian : Hi Daryl and all, 1. Spotting in the rain? You bet, and may have contributed to the demise of some of my earlier cameras . . . but immediately after t
33 UALrampORD : You forgot to mention being kicked out of your spotting location by police, which has happened to me as well, and yes for 1,2,and4 UALrampORD
34 Hkgspotter1 : This has gone better then I expected. I've not have not been arrested but a person I was spotting with in Manila was taken away by the military with m
35 Post contains images Flyguydsl : Well.... I have driven out to YVR at 100AM to see CX889 come down from JFK!! I have definitely chosen one flight over another for the aircraft... for
36 Post contains links and images Sabena332 : 1) Been spotting in the rain ? Look at this picture, Frederic (Sabena 690) took it on an a.net meeting at BRU. We were waiting for one hour in the rai
37 Post contains links and images Lindy : 1)Yes - Many times. Even drove 2hrs each way to PHL in heavy rain to take pics View Large View MediumPhoto © Rafal Szczypek 2)Yes - Drove to PHL
38 Post contains images Cx flyboy : Oh yes, spotting!!! 1) Rain, typhoons, yes, I've been drenched. 2) How about seeing that ANA 763F at 2:00am!! 3) I do it for a living!!! 4) Well, I've
39 Post contains images BA747-436 : 1) Been spotting in the rain ? -----> To many times to remember (i live in England, enough said) 2) Been spotting at night to see something special ?
40 DeltaRules : 1- Yes. I was in ATL (at the Renaissance, does that count?) and it rained the whole day. Pretty heavy at times. Also, when we're in SJU, I like to go
41 Donder10 : Well yesterday I walked for 40mins in the horrible Irish rain to get a look of what was in the FLS hangar at Dublin.In 1 hangar was: VS 744 OY-VKG Pre
42 Klm747400 : I try to go regular to Schiphol airport, but as it is little far away (2 hours by train), I am not doing it too often... I have done 1, 2, and 3 and I
43 Nightfly : 1) Yes - there is no wrong weather, there are only wrong clothes. 2) Yes - CGN has a lot of traffic at night. I´m in irregular distances at there. 3)
44 Superbird : 1) Yes, just did that today. 2) Yes 3) No 4) Yes Superbird
45 Hkgspotter1 : I was spotting in Shenzhen two days ago, it was GREAT !!.
46 StarCD145 : 1. Yes 2. Yes 3. No 4. No I've been spotting at night, day, rain, snow, severe weather, you name it. It's not as easy as it used to be at STL, where I
47 Swissgabe : 1) Been spotting in the rain ? Yeeees, the Concorde came only once to ZRH ... 2) Been spotting at night to see something special ? Mhhh, don't think s
48 Post contains images Paulc : 1) am in the UK so rain is frequent. Also a very soggy sunday in HK with HKspotter1/CXflyboy/A340-600 and some other. 2) Yes - EK flight from DXB to
49 Post contains images Hkgspotter1 : Paul, The rain was only here for you
50 Traveler : Hello guys, 1) Yes on many occasions 2) a few times to try to differenciate aircrafts at night 3) not yet but I intend to 4) many times:as an example:
51 Pilot kaz : yep 2 all of them u cant beat a good long day of spotting, P Kaz
52 Jjpiecuch : 1. In the rain, but also sleet, snow, and bitter cold. As a kid my dad and I would make the 2+ hrs trip to Toronto's Pearson Int'l. (YYZ) about once
53 Post contains images Hkgspotter1 : Off to the airport now to wait for the first CX A340-600 to arrive
54 Donder10 : G-VOGE (new VS 346)was delivered to LHR at around 0005local time Saturday!Did the CX346 fly direct from TLS?
55 Mxp : 1) yes 2) no 3) yes 4) yes
56 Post contains images BMIFlyer : I do all 4 regularly Lee
57 BmiBaby737 : 1) Rain and Lightning! 2) In the dark yep! 3) Not especially, but have gone photography in USA while on Holiday 4) Nope BmiBaby737 Jimmi
58 CanadianNorth : 1) yes, thunderstorms too. 2) not that long ago did some spotting at 12.30am 3) no I have not gone overseas for it, but have done it while overseas 4)
59 MidnightMike : How many of you have a ladder in their car/van?
60 Post contains images United_fan : I go to ROC whenever I can . Though,this time of the year it's dark @ 4:30. So I can only go on the weekends. My vacations now revolve mostly around s
61 Post contains images BmiBaby737 : Never ever used a ladder, havnt even taken one..... No need BmiBaby737 Jimmi
62 NZ107 : 1. Yes. Seeing the first NZ A320, CX A346.. and on other occasions.. 2. Sort of, well it was evening then turned to night quickly 3. Not yet but I was
63 Levent : A big "yes" to all four questions from me too. When travelling I always go to have a look at an airport if I'm in the neighbourhood. I have taken vari
64 Drerx7 : 1) No 2) Yes 3) No 4) All the time I go out to IAH almost weekly--now that I have my scanner I'm in love with the hobby even more.
65 NorthStarDC4M : 1) yup 2) no but ive gone out in ugly weather to see something special 3) specifically? no. Gone out of my way while there to do it? yes 4) Yes (most
66 Alex22 : Hi, First.. Great threat really... now for the answers... 1) yes but I prefer snowstorms... It's soooo true !!!!!!! 2) yes, for a Saudi 747-100 3) yes
67 Pilot kaz : I Try to avoid it... Stay until its dark to get exposure shots Sure, AMS, FRA and many other places Hell Yah![Edited 2005-12-05 23:21:04]
68 Post contains links and images Rotate : Well , yes ..... View Large View MediumPhoto © Rotate Well , yes ..... View Large View MediumPhoto © Rotate Went over to LHR to see the las
69 Post contains images Jetmatt777 : 1) Yes 2) Yes 3) Not yet 4) Yes Cheers, JetMatt777
70 CaptainJon : 1. no 2. yes 3. yes 4. yes (i delayed leaving TLV just so i can be on the B772)
71 Post contains images NHGrafx : Yes Not yet Not Yet yes I go spotting every chance I get, even from the car as the below photo shows. I even keep a log of all the planes I see sorted
72 Senorcarnival : Not right now, but I lugged around a 6' ladder in a minivan to go spotting when I was in the FLL area this past summer. Rotate, your snowstorm de-ici
73 AirPacific747 : how come it says that you have written 0 posts? :S
74 Post contains links Tommy Mogren : Ok, let's see... 1) Been spotting in the rain ? Oh yes. 2) Been spotting at night to see something special ? Yep, been there 3) Travelled overseas for
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